President Obama is reportedly planning to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press (AP). The request would push the Department of Defense (DOD) annual budget beyond $700 billion for the first time ever.
The current battle brewing in Massachusetts for an open senate seat has taken on national implications as conservatives have begun to fear that if Republican candidate Scott Brown wins the special election tomorrow, Senate Democrats will stall the certification process until after the final vote on healthcare reform.
As his first year in the White House comes to a close, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to a new low, according to a CBS News poll.
Scores of Republicans have called on Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s resignation for his racially insensitive comments, and blasted the Democrats when they came out in support of Reid. The latest prominent member to do so was none other than John McCain (R-Ariz.).
A U.S. District Court in San Francisco has begun hearing a high-profile case in which two gay couples are arguing that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, is unconstitutional in that it denies them equal protection under the law.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the most prominent academic supporters of national healthcare reform, is being heavily criticized for not having fully disclosed the fact that he is a paid government consultant.
The Supreme Court in Montana has upheld the legality of physician-assisted suicide, making the state the third in the nation to do so and spurring opponents of the practice to promise to continue fighting against it.
A growing number of prominent Republicans have criticized President Obama’s handling of the aftermath of the Christmas Day terrorist attempt, and Newt Gingrich has recently added his view to the mix.
U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., last week upheld the provisions of The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which limit the marketing of cigarettes through sponsorships and on merchandise. However, he overturned some parts of it saying they violated tobacco companies’ free speech rights.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas has called for a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget in order to prevent the body from engaging in uncontrolled spending.